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One third of households disconnected during NBN switch: ACMA

(Image: ACMA) The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its latest NBN consumer experience snapshot [PDF] ahead of the release of a full report later this year. In creating the report, the ACMA interviewed 1,881 residential customers in November and December 2017, with the data weighted to represent those connected to the National Broadband Network in the last ...

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Palo Alto Networks to acquire Evident.io

Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday announced it’s acquiring Evident.io, a cloud security and compliance firm, for $300 million in cash. The deal is expected to close over Palo Alto’s fiscal third quarter, and Evident.io’s co-founders, Tim Prendergast and Justin Lundy, will join Palo Alto. Evident.io is a leader in public cloud infrastructure security and will extend Palo Alto Networks’ API-based ...

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3D Systems beats Q4 expectations

3D Systems on Wednesday published its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2017 financial results, beating market expectations. The company reported fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings of 5 cents per share on revenue of $177.3 million. A year prior, it reported non-GAAP earnings of 15 cents per share on revenue of $165.9 million. Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP earnings of ...

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Infrastructure shipments hit a record value in 2017

Global infrastructure shipments in 2017 reached a record value of $142 billion, according to the research firm Canalys. The figure is up 7 percent from a year prior, thanks primarily to server shipments. The value of server shipments in 2017 totaled $66 billion, up more than 12 percent year-over-year. Canalys said the strength in the server market was propelled by: ...

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Let’s Encrypt free wildcard certificates now live

Christopher Schirner A project dear to its heart, Let’s Encrypt has now made wildcard certificate support live in the next step to encrypt the Web. The certificate authority, which offers free SSL and TLS certificates to webmasters, said this week that support is now live for wildcard certificates, alongside ACMEv2. First announced back in 2017, Let’s Encrypt “wildcard” certificates are ...

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Google’s DoubleClick outage should force marketers to ask some hard questions

Google’s control of the ad stack isn’t optimal, but when DoubleClick’s reliability fails Web publishers’ dependence on the search giant becomes all too apparent. On Tuesday, DoubleClick was hit with an outage that slowed Web pages and hit publishers’ display ad revenue. Don’t cry for Google though. Google’s workaround advice to publishers was basically to limit tracking and divert marketing ...

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British government pumps £95 million into fibre broadband for selected areas

Photo: Jack Schofield The UK’s Spring Budget included £95 million to help implement gigabit-speed “full fibre” broadband into 13 local areas from Armagh to Wolverhampton. This should mean that more users get fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rather than to the closest street cabinet (FTTC), which is far more common in the UK. This isn’t new money. The £95m is half of the ...

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Samsung SmartThings, Harman to collaborate on IoT acceleration

US auto-component giant Harman and Samsung SmartThings will collaborate to accelerate the growth of the latter’s Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, the companies have announced. Under the engineering partnership, Harman Connected Services, a division of Harman working on connected devices, will assist in rolling out the SmartThings app, integrate third-party sensors into the SmartThings ecosystem, and work on feature development ...

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Over 50 commonwealth sites pulled for maintenance on one 2017 weekend without interim solution

An inquiry into the digital delivery of government services has heard the Australian government pulled 54 websites down for an entire weekend, without providing a duplicate or interim website for citizens. Facing the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on Wednesday was Ian Brightwell, who was previously CIO of the New South Wales Electoral Commission for 17 years. Brightwell, appearing ...

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Put a global mobile hotspot in your carry-on for $127.49

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Not much larger than a hockey puck, the Solis ...

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